this is one of the longest books I have listened too and was worried that it was going to be a lot of fluff but it was exciting all the way through. lots of unexpected events and the ending was great.
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I allowed the cover & a few positive reviews to lure me into buying this book. I don't often write negative reviews but this is not a credit happily spent, for me anyway. Stilted language, very one dimensional characters, & names either too alien or ridiculous (Father Omine stands out) just made this feel like wasted time. I stuck it out. The story had just enough juice to make me think it might get better or have a decent payoff, but for me, it was a slog. And the narration was a bit to overdramatic, too. Any story that doesn't use contractions can get caught up in that overly soap operish feel if the narrator isn't careful and/or skilled...but mostly, it was just the writing.
I have recently discovered and fallen in love with Brandon Sanderson's work. I have yet to read or listen to one of his books and be disappointed. His stories are always amazing creations with wonderful plots and good triumphing over evil and the struggles and pain involved in making the choice to do what is right vs what is easy. I think his books all carry this sentiment. This is a unique story with heavy political and religious overtures and how these two separate powers are intricately entwined. I won't speak at all on the story only because I think it's worth discovering it for yourself. It's not just a great story Sanderson provides but great values and knowledge. Listen beyond what you hear. I do not want to leave the narrator out of this either because while the story in itself is great, it would not carry the same weight were it told by someone else. Wonderful job from both artists in regards to this story. I thank you both!
I loved Steeheart and tried this. It's much different. Steelheart moves pretty quickly with action and Elantris just plods along with national and international political maneuvering among royals and clergy.
The reader of Steelheart is captivating and emotional but the reader of Elantris sounds like John O'Hurley playing Mr. Peterman, Elaine's boss on Seinfeld. The "announcer voice" in Elantris is like listening to a disc jockey.
Elantris is so slow, I had to increase the audio speed to 1.5x to make it bearable.
I have ended up reading most of the authors work before this first addition. Reading this now has just added to my already high opinion of the author, and I can't wait for the sequel!
I aud a lot of books.
Interesting idea. I think...?
Maybe the idea was too small for this massive novel. All of the filler here is meatless situations for the poorly named characters to pointlessly banter about nothing. All the way to the end and I still don't know who any of these characters are. You have to admire Sanderson's ability to write about nothing. It's the most incredible part of this book.
This novel did a wonderful job of developing the relationships between the different characters and giving the reader a true sense of the political and religious context of the story. My only recommendation for improvement would be to extend the pause between the end of a chapter and when the narrator says "Chapter X."